"Every Day" Is a Book You'll Want to Read Every Day For the Rest of Your Life Chrissa Hardy

Speechless. This is how I feel several times throughout this story and how I feel once it ends. I don’t want it to be over. No other story has ever hit me this hard. I know I will experience moments of joy and despair in the days to come just thinking about this book.

You could win a free copy and ride this emotional roller coaster right along with me by entering our giveaway below!

Every Day by David Levithan is the story of a person named “A”, who wakes up in a different body every day of his/her life. As far back as A can remember, this has happened. It always happens with someone of the same age, and in the same general area. Currently, A is going from body to body around Maryland. This character has no gender. A wakes up as a woman about as often as he wakes up as a man. Which makes it even more fascinating when it turns into a compelling love story.

The story begins with A waking up in the body of a guy named Justin. A immediately recognizes that Justin isn’t a good guy. But that doesn’t really matter. While the scenery changes for A, the goal is to keep the lives of the bodies he/she inhabits the same. Undisturbed. A can access memories of these people, but the emotions and thoughts belong to him/her while there. Justin goes to school that morning just like any other day. He is greeted by his girlfriend, Rhiannon, at his locker. A is instantly enchanted by her, but based on Justin’s memories, it’s clear that he is not enchanted by her. Not anymore. They’ve been together for over a year, but Justin takes her for granted and is just going through the motions.

A’s priorities shift from being a quiet, respectful guest to these bodies, to doing whatever it takes to be near Rhiannon. Their love story, so complex, so beautiful, leaves you with a burning question.

Can you truly love someone regardless of their physical appearance?

This is what Rhiannon must figure out, as she gets to know A in all of the faces he shows up in.

Here are four more reasons this book will leave you breathless.

1. The plot sounds crazy at first, but it works. Not even for a moment was I questioning if this could really happen. It felt real. I felt A’s pain when Rhiannon had trouble seeing past the female or overweight male body he/she was in for the day to the real person inside. I felt the magic when she did see the real A, and they could experience all the things that go along with first loves.

2. A knows how to love selflessly, completely, no matter the circumstances. Everything about A makes you want to be better in your own life.

3. A never doubts the person he/she is. The self love that A exhibits is incredible. Especially for a sixteen-year-old. A knows right from wrong, and wants every life marked by his/her stay to be better than it was before. A has the ability to love selflessly because A loves the person he/she is.

4. Here’s an excerpt from the day A spent as Hugo, when Hugo and Hugo’s boyfriend attend a gay pride parade:

“In my experience, desire is desire, love is love. I have never fallen in love with a gender. I have fallen for individuals. I know it’s hard for people to do, but I don’t understand why it’s so hard, when it’s so obvious.”

Giveaway Deets:

In the comments below, answer this: If you could live like A, in someone else’s body for the day, who would you choose?

We have five copies of this book to give away!

*Only entries from residents of US will be considered.

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  1. My mother… To see everything she sees and worries about, and to understand how she consistently gets taken for granted by all of us at home because we depend on her so much. She is the rock of the family and never shares her vulnerabilities with us.
    My ex love… Who feels like a lock on my heart.
    Miley Cyrus… Wtf was she thinking at the VMAs.
    A girl who was made fun of in high school… I was also shy but maybe I could have tried harder to make sure she was ok at times…

  2. I would like to live as my mom, to understand the worry she has for everyone she takes care of… And to understand how she feels when maybe she gets taken for granted by all of us at home. I’m also currently troubled by a memory of an ex love… Living in his head would help me make a big decision.
    The book sounds really good!!!!

  3. This is a really interesting question – I love the idea of the spontaneity of not knowing who you would be a part of, but I think the cooler part of this would be to occupy someone who you want to immediate download all of their memories or knowledge. For this reason, I would probably want to occupy an older musician. Someone like Aretha Franklin or Duane Allman to really understand what making music was like all those years ago and learn their techniques.

  4. Someone completely random. I wouldn’t want to know because it’s part of the beauty of it. You have to make it work regardless of the situation you’ve been given. This is what you must do in life and what I see as the moral of the story. There is a universality to our life experiences. It doesn’t matter if you’re richer or poorer, we still have struggles and insecurities and the challenges we face may be different, but the feelings and emotions that we face are so often the same.

  5. I would love to see the world through a child’s eyes, particularly, my 4 year old nephew’s. His innocence and beautiful soul remind me that there is still good in the world & I would love to see things through his perspective for one moment.

  6. I would wish to spend the day in the body of my husband. At only 58, he’s already had a stroke that affects his left side, he is on hemodialysis, and he is nearly blind. Every day I wonder what he is really going through – how he feels and how the world seems to him. I think being in his body for one day would be wonderful and scary, heart-breaking and hopefully uplifting. I know the experience would at least help me to be a much better spouse!

  7. If I could inhabit anyone’s body it would be my boyfriends. We’ve been together for 7 years and I would love to see myself from his perspective and see our memories from his point of view.

  8. I used to wish I could be someone else, absolutely anyone else, but my self in my early teens. Most often I would dream of being my best friend for the day, for she seemed to have the most happiest life; My friend has loving, protecting parents. My friend is upper-middle class and she and her family didn’t ever stress over money. She was a social butterfly and she seemed so darn happy and well-off. She had the simple, easy life which I cried for.
    Parents fighting then divorcing, being stricken with so much debt and partially homeless to living in kind neighbor’s basements with my mother and brother. Having no self-esteem or appreciation for myself and looking down upon the opportunities/things I DID have. Fearing going to school and dropping so low as to not enjoy the little things in life and see the good in people. This is what I wanted to escape every single day when I was younger by ultimately no longer existing as just “me”.
    Now, I wish to live through my mother (who raised two kids on her own during the most difficult of trials imaginable), or my older brother (who lost a father-figure at a very impressionable time of his life), for at least one day to know how they currently feel about their lives, and how they, like I, made it through that otherwise forsaken situation we all found ourselves in a few years ago to be the good people they are today. I want to make sure they are also happy, and if not, learn what I can do to make it so.

  9. in my day i would want to be Fred Epstien…pediatric neurosurgeon who saw the need to care for children’s suffering beyond surgery. He expanded his practice by drawing on children’s imagination and resilience to create an atmosphere of love and care….by doing this he turned what could only be seen as life shattering circumstances into grounds of hope.

  10. I would love to go into the body of my autistic sister Rebecca. I think it would be amazing to see the world as she does and to be able (if i come back to myself) to understand her deeper and understand why she thinks the way she thinks and how she feels about situations. I think it would be cool to grasp it and see from a whole new perspective that not many can really experience.

  11. I would want to spend my day as someone with an amazing talent or ability–whether it be musical, mechanical, mathematical, anything. To be able to step into their body and mind and accomplish or understand something incredible so suddenly would be insane!

  12. I would choose to spend the day as my ex-boyfriend. I spent four and a half years in a physically, verbally, and sexually abusive relationship with him, and even though I am now happily married, I’ve never stopped wondering what was in his heart and mind that caused him to harm me the way he did. He now has a newborn daughter with a girl 10 years younger than him, and I want to know, for their safety and for my peace of mind, if he regrets what he did to me and if he has truly changed. If I could spend just 24 hours as him, I think it would bring me peace of mind knowing that he has left that behavior in his past.

  13. I would choose to be someone my age from the opposite sex. Someone with a seemingly similar life style and values, just to get the eye opening experience from the male perspective.

  14. I would spend my day as someone of the opposite sex, who’s life seemingly has the same pattern as mine…just to get a different outlook from the male’s perspective. We could be the same age, from the same country but just to get that perspective would be eye opening.

  15. Marlo Thomas. Because I had a tragic childhood and her’s was very protected. She was her Daddy’s little Princess. I would have loved to have a Daddy who treated me with that much affection and attention. It wasn’t until she grew up that she learned many people lived with less and now she works with the foundation her father began; St. Jude’s which gives free healthcare to sick children. I love children and would enjoy being able to care for them and help them regain good health. That would be very fulfilling. It would be interesting also to understand how she finds Phil Donahue attractive. Lol

  16. I would love to spend the day as an ascetic monk. For one thing, I think it would be an excellent practice to be freed from the pressure of schedules and both mental and physical clutter, and spend time simply being. I would also really value time to think deeply, introspectively, and philosophically about the world and its origins, its purpose, and my own purpose within that. I also like the idea of simplicity and peace, learning, self-improvement, and discovering God.

  17. I’d love to be an Olympic figure skater for a day. I am (happily) chubby, clumsy, and uncoordinated. I skated as a kid – and I was absolutely terrible, even though I tried really hard and loved being on the ice. I’d love to experience what it’s like to float through steps, jump, spins — all the stuff I could never really do because of my own physical limitations. I don’t even necessarily want that day to be at the Olympics, at the height of their careers – just a practice day would be great.

  18. I would like to spend the day as a senior citizen. I’m young so it’s hard for me to imagine what it would be like when I’m older. You always get a speech about living life at the fullest by twenty year olds but it doesn’t mean anything. And when you year it from an older person, you still don’t have the depth and perspective to understand. Perhaps spending a day as an older person would show me what really means to yearn for the good years and when I came back, I would be able to have a better grasp on what really matters and what is ephemeral. And maybe that would make finding a path in life a lot easier.

  19. I would love to spend the day as a student with a disability. As a behavior technician, the majority of my work is spent with students who are living with a disability. I’ve worked with students who have reactive attachment disorder, autism, cerebral palsy, and various other disabilities. I would love to know how these students experience life. What a gift that would be- imagine the ways that I could learn from my students! What are they proud of? What makes them happy? What is their favorite type of music? The ability to answer these questions is so often taken for granted, and many of the students I work with are unable to articulate their answers. I would love to learn more about the population that I work with on a more meaningful level than how they are performing in school.

  20. I really would love to spend my day being someone who is less fortunate than I am! I would love to make their life better in simple, yet powerful ways!

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